Edginess meets tradition in Amsterdam, and nowhere is this unique mix more apparent than in the city’s hotels. Stay at a hip boutique hotel housed in an old diamond factory. Or perhaps you would prefer an “Alice in Wonderland”-themed design hotel fronting on the beautiful Prinsengracht canal. With thousands of well-preserved historic buildings, Amsterdam pays homage to the past, yet it is all infused with the lightness and whimsy for which the city is famous. Amsterdam may be known for its legal marijuana and prostitution, but it is no less renowned as a capital of art and contemporary design. Visit the Van Gogh Museum, the Rijksmuseum or the Anne Frank House, then peruse the sleek wares in the high-end shops of P.C. Hoofstraat. Come in spring if you want to have your mind blown by tulips.